Douglas girls show passion in North Valleys win |

Douglas girls show passion in North Valleys win

Douglas sophomore point guard McKenna Kynett plays tough defense against Elaine Johnson (33) of North Valleys on Tuesday. Douglas went on to a 56-24 victory.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

On paper, the Douglas High girls basketball team didn’t appear to have a particularly difficult matchup in store Tuesday against North Valleys. Then again, basketball games aren’t won or lost on paper.

“We were concerned,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “They’re well-coached and if they get their feet set, they can flat-out shoot the ball.”

The Tigers made sure from the outset those concerns never became reality as they held North Valleys scoreless in the opening four minutes en route to a wire-to-wire 56-24 victory at Randy Green Court.

Douglas (9-2 Sierra League, 16-6 overall) scored 17 unanswered points during a seven-minute stretch spanning the second and third quarters to break the game open. And it all started with the defense against that North Valleys (7-17, 4-7) firepower.

“We talked before the game how we wanted to play with passion defensively,” Christen said. “We always ask to get three or four stops and the kids exceeded that tonight. The difference, really, we had a number of sequences of defensive stops.”

The Tigers showed some flash on offense at the outset of the second quarter when Jessie Jim fed an inside pass to Kassidy Freitas, who flicked the ball across the key to Leonna Mortimer cutting to the basket for an easy layup that extended their lead to 13-7. North Valleys never got any closer than three points after that.

“Our court vision has really been good lately,” Christen said. “We’re moving well without the ball, we’re catching the ball and turning, and just making a lot of good plays.”

Corryne Millett converted a steal into a fast break layup and Maddy Lowe drove the middle for a layup that give Douglas a double digit lead, 20-10 with 1:17 left in the second quarter. Katie McCullough hit a shot from the key to make it 22-10 going into halftime.

Douglas continued its momentum after the intermission as McKenna Kynett, Mortimer, McCullough and Kelly Sonnemann scored baskets to extend the margin to 30-10 with 5:22 to go in the third quarter. The Tigers capped off a 24-3 third-quarter surge when Jessie Jim buried back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute, both assisted by Shayla Gransbery.

Ten different players scored for Douglas, led by McCullough with 10 points, while Sonnemann, Mortimer and Lowe added 8 each.

Douglas maintained its hold on second-place in the Sierra League standings, one game behind Bishop Manogue. The Tigers travel to Reno tonight for a 5:15 p.m. contest at Galena.

“This was a big win for us,” Christen said. “We’re taking it one game at a time and trying to get better each time. Now we have to worry about a Galena team that’s pretty good, especially at their place.”